ERIC Number: EJ701764
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar-15
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You Gotta Have a Gimmick: Aaron Coutu--Greenville Public Library, RI
Library Journal, v129 n5 pS26 Mar 2004
This brief article describes the impact Aaron Coutu has had on the teens at the Greenville Public Library in Rhode Island. Coutu has gotten on the good side of many of the teens in the library since he is willing to undergo various personal humiliations, like shaving his head if they read 150 books (they read 196) or dyeing his hair green if they read 250 books (they read 312). Coutu also gives the teens in the library respect as well. He gives their "boundless energy and ideas" an outlet through the Teen Advisory Library Council, which recommends new titles for the collection. He encourages teens to write reviews of their favorite books for other teens, because it makes them feel like they are part of the library. Though his current space makes room for comic books, computers, and chess as well as books, his ideal YA space would also include a pool table, a foosball table, and an area where they could play on a game cube. The trick, he says, is to get them in the door, then point out the great books you have for them.
Descriptors: Public Libraries, Librarians, Library Services, Adolescents, Advocacy, Motivation, Youth Programs
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Identifiers - Location: Rhode Island